Loyola Marymount University (LMU) president Robert B. Lawton is one of five people who have received the 2008 Cardinal’s Award from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The Cardinal’s Award recognizes men and women who are providing significant leadership in improving the lives of people in Southern California.

The awards are given annually to extend appreciation and gratitude to people who have given extraordinarily of their time, talent or treasure in ways that benefit the quality of life in the community, according to the Arch- diocese of Los Angeles.

Lawton has been distinguished with the award for his progressive approach to Loyola Marymount University, said LMU officials.

According to Tidings, the weekly publication of the Los Angeles archdiocese, “the award is given to members of the Los Angeles Catholic community who have extensive and distinguished records of service.”

The award was presented by Cardinal Roger Mahony at the Cardinal’s Award Dinner Saturday, February 9th, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.